MISA’s Annual Report Highlights Freedom of Expression and Digital Rights Issues in Southern Africa

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The year 2021 was one of consolidation and the repositioning of our organisation in the aftermath of the several headwinds that we faced.

When we started this journey – midway through 2021 – we dared to dream and our dreams are now becoming reality. We took a leap of faith and the results are beginning to show.

While we have managed to score some successes, this is not the time to rest on our laurels, but to continue rolling our sleeves and getting the work done.

In 2021 we restructured our Regional Governance Council (RGC) and took the necessary steps to reclaim the ground that we had lost.

The next step was to come up with a new strategy document covering the period 2021 to 2026.

These processes were foundational and vital for MISA to reposition itself as the thought leader in terms of freedom of expression and of the media in Southern Africa.

The strategy is instructive as it forces us to introspect and chart the future of this historical and formidable organisation that turns 30 years this year.

It cannot be business as usual because we have a lot of ground to cover to ensure that we consolidate our status as the regional shield in defence of expression in Southern Africa amid a complex and ever-changing environment as attacks are coming from both the usual and unusual places.

The 2021 MISA Regional Annual Report features country reports snapshots from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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